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Free Coffee IPA Tasting At West Loop's Counter Culture

By Chloe Riley | August 13, 2014 5:51am
 Counter Culture Coffee will taste its coffee IPA - part of a collaboration with Sierra Nevada - Friday.
Counter Culture Coffee will taste its coffee IPA - part of a collaboration with Sierra Nevada - Friday.
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WEST LOOP — Counter Culture Coffee will host a free tasting of a coffee-flavored IPA made in collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Counter Culture — a coffee roaster based in Durham, N.C. — has coffee training centers along the East Coast, including a West Loop location at 177 N. Ada St. 

The India Pale Ale — No Middle Ground — was created by the two companies in anticipation of All About Beer Magazine's 35th anniversary later this year. 

Chloe Riley says the coffee IPA is a unique combination:

Featuring Counter Culture's Haru coffee bean and several hop varietals known for tropical fruit flavors, the IPA has a light-bodied floral flavor, according to Tim Hill, Counter Culture's coffee buyer and quality manager.

"Our goal was to figure out how much coffee you could put into an IPA and still have it come out balanced and not coffee heavy," Hill said. "The hope when you taste it, is that the coffee flavor should be very secondary and very in the back even though it is a very light-flavored beer." 

Hill said there are currently no plans to make the beer commercially available. Those looking to try it out should head to Counter Culture's West Loop training center, 177 N. Ada St., Unit 106, from 6-8 p.m. Friday.

Guests will be able to taste No Middle Ground, and both hot and iced coffees from Counter Culture Coffee will be offered in addition light hors d'oeuvres. Attendees can also learn more about Sierra Nevada Beer Camp and take home a free trial of All About Beer Magazine. 

RSVP is required at Counter Culture Coffee's Facebook page here

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